Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox
Today's Morsel: The story is told of a very cold Russian winter. The story goes that there was a Russian farmer that had many cows. As he began to put his cattle in the barn to protect them from the harsh cold winter, he noticed that they would not all fit. And so he decided to place the remaining cows in his living room, much to his wife's dismay. She said, "You are not putting those cows in my living room." He assured her that it was only for the night and that he would get them out first thing in the morning when the weather warmed up soon and clean the living back up. He rationalized with her that if they didn't put them in there, they would die from the harsh weather. So the wife agreed for the night. But the weather got worse and the cows were allowed to stay in the living room, with the stench getting worse and worse. But after a while, the stench became normal to the couple and the cows spent the entire winter in the living room.
If we are not careful, we can allow things which are not like the Lord to come into our lives and they can be a stench in our nose at first, but if we allow it to remain long enough it will become normal and we will let it stay. When you put Satan out of your home and life, make sure you have him take his bags and anything else he brought in with him out. Because if you let it stay, he'll be back to get it and cause the stench to start afresh and anew. Solomon said, "Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox." Keep the cows out of your living room.
Sing: Cleanse me, O God, and know my heart today; try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray. See if there be, some wicked way in me; cleanse me from every sin and set me free.